PRISM Quartet

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PRISM Quartet

Intriguing programs of great beauty and breadth have distinguished the PRISM Quartet as one of America’s foremost chamber ensembles.

Two-time winners of the Chamber Music America/ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming, PRISM has performed in Carnegie Hall on the Making Music Series, in Alice Tully Hall with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, and throughout Latin America under the auspices of the United States Information Agency. PRISM has also been presented to critical acclaim as soloists with the Detroit Symphony and Cleveland Orchestra, and conducted residencies at the nation’s leading conservatories, including the Curtis Institute of Music and the Oberlin Conservatory....
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This bold ensemble has set the standard for contemporary-classical saxophone quartets with its rhythmic acuity and elegant sound. The New York Times

...Mellifluous and stylistically versatile, the new work made a strong impression; a broad texture of saxophone sonorities emerged. The players...blended personalities handsomely. The New York Times

The group gave a beautifully couched reading...exciting...and virtuosic... The New York Times

[PRISM] shattered expectations…pioneering achievements of the highest order. Chamber Music

PRISM delivered a rhapsodic, riveting performance. The Los Angeles Times

PRISM provided an enticing program of recent music...carefully constructed...particularly accessible and satisfying...remarkable examples of virtuosity... The Los Angeles Times

The Prism Quartet's members avoid the effete clichés of the classical saxophone. They play with grit, brio and take-no-prisoners accuracy. Detroit Free Press

The quartet...played with immense agility and finesse. The members produced a suave and integrated tone coupled with a depth of understanding of a work that was exuberant and exciting to experience. Des Moines Register

[Headline: PRISM QUARTET LIGHTS UP GBS] “ ... the fantastic PRISM Saxophone Quartet...dazzling foursome. [William Bolcom's] Concerto Grosso's' Connecticut premiere was exhilarating, to say the least. The audience demanded an encore... Connecticut Post

superb sax group... The New Yorker

...when you want a sax quartet, the one you want is the PRISM Quartet. The members' virtuosity is buffed and burnished, and their enthusiasm has gotten only more exuberant. They have achieved the kind of effortless ensemble and telepathic understanding that characterizes the best instrumental ensembles in any genre. Ann Arbor Observer

[Bolcom's Concerto Grosso], a jazzy update of a showy baroque form, highlighted the PRISM Quartet's flair for syncopated rhythms, bluesy turns and improvised cadenzas. The soloists took ownership of the work, which they had commissioned. Ling and the [Cleveland] orchestra came along for the fun-filled ride. Cleveland Plain-Dealer

...exceptional ensemble playing...the quartet performs with lovely nuanced phrasing, beautifully modulated dynamics and timbral shadings, and a sparkling clarity of articulation. Classical Magazine

Offbeat season finale ends up enthralling symphony audience The Anchorage Times

These four guys can really play. Their ensemble is excellent, their sound is gorgeous... Milwaukee Journal

...a first rate quartet...flawless technique, expressiveness, impeccable intonation, and interesting literature. Classical New Jersey

Four skilled performers with buoyant musical personalities. The performers moved effortlessly between styles. The music was lighthearted, pulsing and wittily colored The Philadelphia Inquirer

This unusual group is determined to make the saxophone quartet a legitimate concert-hall fixture. And it may very well do just that. New York Magazine PRISM created the impression of a group charting fresh, unexplored musical territory. The group's eclectic program offered a range of moods, from raucous humor to sharp wit to soulful laments. The Ann Arbor News

...PRISM Quartet's performance would have to be deemed a complete auspicious opening to Purdue Convocation's Discovery Concerts, and was received warmly by a most receptive audience Purdue Exponent

The Prism Quartet's members — Tim Ries, Michael Whitcombe, Matthew Levy, and Taimur Sullivan — avoid the effete cliches of the classical saxophone. They play with grit, brio and take-no- prisoners accuracy. Detroit Free Press

...the gentle, reedy beauty of the playing was beguiling. The New York Times

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